A common error that West Virginia motorists may make with respect to maintaining their cars may lead to a tragic accident, and the person who made the mistake in the first place may bear liability for any injuries that are caused by that accident.
The West Virginia Supreme Court recently held that drug addicts, at least in theory, may be able to sue their doctors or pharmacists for damages caused by their drug addiction. The logic appears to be that a doctor's mistake in prescribing a drug that is addictive can lead, or at least contribute, to the unnecessary emotional and physical demise of a person.
Last week's post discussed the elements of a wrongful death action in West Virginia. The point of the post was that when a loved one dies, Morgantown families have the ability under certain circumstances to seek compensation for their losses.
When someone wrongly kills another person, the criminal justice system represents the interests of society at large, whereas the civil justice system represents the interests of the victims. Both processes refer to the same underlying act, but involve separate standards.
The 1970's blockbuster film "Smokey and the Bandit" and its star, Burt Reynolds, glamorized the truck driving industry in the United States: big, powerful rigs; miles of open roads; independent-minded drivers. However, the daily routine of a truck driver today is much more prosaic, highly regulated and focused on safety.